Four-time champ Lisa Ashton crushed in BDO Entire world Championship initial round by Mikuru Suzuki

Lisa Ashton has fallen at the 1st Lakeside hurdle (Image: PA)

Defending winner Lisa Ashton suffered a shock to start with round defeat at the palms of Mikuru Suzuki at the BDO Entire world Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The four-time champion shed 2- in the brutal shorter format to the debutant qualifier from Japan who should now be thought of a contender to raise the title.

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Ashton was much from her amazing finest as she skipped a string of doubles and failed to come across her ability-scoring game.

Suzuki took comprehensive gain of the opportunities she was afforded and all she essential was an common of 79.8 to oust the reigning champion.

‘The Lancashire Rose’ concluded with a checkout ratio of just 17.39, which is what charge her in the end, hitting just 4 of 23 doubles.

Ashton was the runaway favourite to earn the BDO World Championship for a fifth time, having received four of the last 5 editions of the tournament.

Suzuki is a huge star of the gentle-idea recreation in Asia, but the 36-year-outdated is now building an impression on the metal-idea match.

Mikuru will now engage in possibly Sharon Prins or Roz Bulmer in the quarter-finals of the BDO Globe Championship.

Before in the to start with session of the 2019 BDO Environment Championship, men’s range a person seed Mark McGeeney was pushed challenging by Dirk Telnekes but arrived by way of 3-1.

Then, in a preliminary spherical contest, Nigel Heydon arrived from two sets driving to conquer Jim Widmayer 3-2 to book a very first round clash with Richard Veenstra.

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